Waking dreams arise from the same varied levels of consciousness as dreams. The depth from which the images arise depends upon the individual’s capacity to reach or open to those depths and the ability to quiet the mind and ignore the outer senses. This is why many guided imagery or waking dream disciplines begin with deep relaxation.
In the waking dream state the mind can be trained or assisted to enter or perceive various levels of the unconscious. Soulful Dream Mentoring focuses on expanding awareness into the supraconscious... The goal is different from what may typically be called guided imagery, which can often only lead to mental fantasy or imagination or a relaxation response. Soulful Dream Mentoring differentiates itself by working with heightening and widening the dreamer’s consciousness while enlivening the subtle body with energy, especially through conscious breathing. The focus is on key universal or archetypal imagery and transformational symbols to expand consciousness with intention and specific goals. The goal is to create and tap inner-life experiences rather than mental-imagery dramas or projections.
— Paul Overman, PhD From his upcoming-expanded edition of Soul Dreaming: Dreaming Under Guidance of Soul for Self, Others and Creation; formerly entitled, The Shamanic Dream.